SHERIFFS PURSUE HANDCUFFED MAN FOR SEVEN HOURS

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Thursday after a massive manhunt in Twentynine Palms involving Sheriff deputies and a helicopter. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Rick Millard, a man called 911 about 11 a.m. to report that someone was inside his vacation home in the 600 block of Bluegrass Avenue, near

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FIREWORKS ARE ILLEGAL, FINES START AT $1,250

While you are planning your family get together for the Independence Day celebration, remember all fireworks, including the so-called safe and sane type, are strictly prohibited in this county. Managing Editor Tami Roleff reminds you the cost of illegal fireworks can be high…… Many people have fond memories of celebrating

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21ST ANNIVERSARY OF LANDERS EARTHQUAKE IS TODAY

An anniversary today… 21 years ago today, the June 28, 1992 Landers Earthquake struck. The 7.3 temblor caused one tragic death and widespread damage in the West end of the Morongo basin. Of note was the remarkable way our communities rallied to help each other in the wake of the

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EXTREME HEAT THIS WEEKEND, PROTECT YOURSELF, FAMILY AND PETS

An excessive heat warning has been issued with record to near record high temperatures predicted to range from 111 to 115 here in our Morongo basin through Monday night. Residents are urged to stay cool, and hydrated. To keep cool, stay in air-conditioned buildings and limit outdoor activities, especially midday

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ST. JOSEPH PLAYERS ANNOUNCE CAST FOR “STEEL MAGNOLIAS”

The newly formed “St. Joseph Players” in Yucca Valley are in rehearsal for their inaugural production. Special Correspondent Les Taylor say “Steel Magnolias” has been cast… The area’s newest theatre group, The St. Joseph’s Players in Yucca Valley, will present “Steel Magnolias” as their premier production. Opening July 5, and

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MARINE CORPS BRACES TO LOSE ANOTHER 8,000 MARINES

The Marine Corps is bracing to lose another 8,000 active-duty Marines on top of what already had been planned as it faces deep, federally mandated budget cuts. Marine Commandant General Jim Amos said, during a breakfast with reporters in Washington, the additional manpower reduction would drop the service to about

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COUNTY PREPARES FOR SAME-SEX MARRIAGES

Same-sex couples will not be able to obtain marriage licenses in San Bernardino County until the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals lifts a stay on a lower court decision declaring Proposition 8 unconstitutional, which probably won’t happen for at least a month. In 2010, a U.S. District Court judge

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HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT CHANGES PHASE 1 SEWER PROJECT BOUNDARIES

The Hi-Desert Water District Board met last night. Among highlights of the meeting was a change in the Phase 1 boundaries for the upcoming Yucca Valley sewer system project. Managing editor Tami Roleff explains… Residents of the Country Club area of Yucca Valley will no longer be included in Phase

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EXTREME HEAT ADVISORY THIS WEEKEND

The County has issued an extreme heat advisory due to high temperatures. Residents should take precautions to prevent heat-related illness. Most vulnerable are the elderly, those who work or exercise outdoors, infants and children, the homeless or poor, and people with a chronic medical condition. Locally, air-conditioned Cooling Centers are

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MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD MET LAST NIGHT, THREE PUBLIC HEARINGS HELD

Three public hearings were discussed at last night’s school board meeting. The issues were the school and SELPA budgets for the 2013-2014 school year. Chanda-Lyn Fraschetti has the details… The first hearing pertained to the budget for the 2013-2014 school year. Per Assistant Superintend, David Price, the budget presentation given

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YUCCA VALLEY RECALL ADVERSARIES ON Z107-7 “UP CLOSE” SHOW FRIDAY

Z107-7 will host a live radio debate Friday with the proponents and opponents of the proposed recall of two members of the Yucca Valley Town Council. Yucca Valley Recall spokesman Ron Cohen and No on Recall Committee Chairman Joe Sullivan will face each other on the Z107.7 “Up Close” show

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MET LAST NIGHT: COURT SERVICE WORRIES, CITY BUDGET

Closed session discussions of the city attorney’s performance sandwiched a brisk open session of the Twentynine Palms City Council that featured public comment on Project Leatherneck, court service worries, a business permit, and the city budget. Reporter Dan Stork examines the meat in the sandwich… At the outset of the

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SHERIFF WARNS ABOUT NEW LOCAL PHONE SCAM

The Sheriff’s Department warns Morongo Basin residents and businesses about a new telephone scam. Two businesses recently received phone calls from an 800 number with a caller ID that read Edison Power Company. The caller told the victims that their power bill was overdue and they needed to pay their

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WOMAN CARJACKED IN INDIAN COVE AREA OF TWENTYNINE PALMS

A Beaumont man was arrested in Joshua Tree Monday afternoon, accused of carjacking a car in the Indian Cove area of Twentynine Palms. According to a Sheriff’s report, an unidentified woman was driving her car westbound on the highway just west of Indian Cove about 5 p.m. when Nicholas Boland,

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ARRESTED AFTER DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

A Joshua Tree man was arrested after his girlfriend said he broke her nose. According to a Sheriff’s report, an employee at the Stater Brothers West store called police about 3 a.m. Sunday after a woman came to the store and said her boyfriend had broken her nose. After an

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MARINE COMES TO THE RESCUE OF STRICKEN TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN

The guardian angel of Gary Vogen of Twentynine Palms was definitely on duty last week. Vogen, a self-described heavy equipment aficionado, had gone to a wash near the 74800 block of Saddle Horn Road in Twentynine Palms about 2 p.m. Monday, June 17, in 100-plus degree temperature, to watch some

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT, 2013-14 BUDGET SET FOR APPROVAL

The Twentynine Palms City Council will meet in closed and regular session this evening at City Hall, 6136 Adobe Road. The closed session starts at 5:15 with property negotiations with Eva Neufield, followed by a performance evaluation of City Attorney Patrick Munoz. The regular public meeting of the Twentynine Palms

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MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD MEET TONIGHT, BUDGET PUBLIC HEARINGS ON AGENDA

The Morongo Unified School Board is having a meeting tonight discussing budget proposals for the 2013-2014 school year. Chanda-Lyn Fraschetti has the information… The community is invited to attend this evening’s public hearings concerning the budgets for the 2013-2014 school year. The first will be the proposed budget for Morongo

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER TO PROVIDE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES TO MORONGO BASIN

Hi-Desert Medical Center’s behavioral health program has been awarded several contracts with the County to provide mental health services in the Morongo Basin. The former provider, Morongo Basin Mental Health Association, announced in April it was “financially unable to continue,” and would be closing June 30. The services to be

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED FOR FELONY SPOUSE ABUSE

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Friday after he got into a fight with his daughter’s mother. According to a Sheriff’s report, a woman in the 6900 block of Mohawk Trail in Yucca Valley called her ex-boyfriend, Gregory Cowdry, 29, to babysit her children while she went to work. Cowdry

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